Dr Mahathir has mellowed, says Hadi

KUALA TERENGGANU: PAS today acknowledged that Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s attitude towards the party has softened, after being sworn in as prime minister for a second time.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said this was based on Mahathir’s openness in giving royalties back to the Kelantan and Terengganu state governments, even when both states are now being led by PAS.

“He is not the same (as the first time he became prime minister). His attitude is better than before.

“Society has changed, the conditions have changed, his mentality has also changed.

“He has gained more experience now, and he is learning from past weaknesses.

“By doing that, we see that he is more mature, which is why he promised to give back royalties to both Kelantan and Terengganu,” Hadi said at a press conference after the opening of the 64th PAS muktamar at the Gong Badak indoor stadium here today.

On a related note, the Marang MP said PAS was ready to work together with any political party, including those from Pakatan Harapan (PH), even if they were not part of the pact.

“Our country is not at war. If other parties accept our Islamic agenda positively, then there will be cooperation and better things can happen.

“Politics is such that friends can become enemies, and enemies can become friends.

“We have our own principles, which is why when DAP pressured us, we separated from them. We can work together to fight cruelty and abuse of power, but to ask us to detach from that policy is a no no,” he said.

On PAS’ cooperation with Umno, Hadi said that will be decided by PAS’ Syura Council.

“The council is the one that determines our party’s policies, the belief in our struggle (akidah perjuangan). To date (discussions on cooperation with Umno) by the Syura Council have not yet taken place.

“This is just an assumption. The council will decide if this cooperation will happen, and whether or not it meets our policies,” he added.